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NEWSIES Runs Aug. 1-10

ESP_Newsies logoNEWSIES
East Side Players
Aug. 1-10
Blue Ash Amphitheater

Directed by Kayla Swelbar

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Set in turn-of-the century New York City, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions.

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, NEWSIES features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” “Newsies” is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family.

  • Thu-Sun, Aug. 1-4 at 7:30pm
  • Wed-Sat, Aug. 7-10 at 7:30pm

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ANNIE Runs June 6-15

ESP_Annie logoANNIE
East Side Players
June 6-15
Blue Ash Amphitheater 

Directed by Cat Perlson

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With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

  • Thu-Sun, June 6-9 at 7:30pm
  • Wed-Sat, June 12-15 at 7:30pm

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Auditions Announced for TBA at East Side Players

esp_logoSun, April 28 from 1-5pm (Ensemble roles)
Sat-Sun, May 4-5 from 1-5pm

Blue Ash Amphitheater, 4433 Cooper road (near the intersection of Cooper and Reed Hartman).

Auditions will be scheduled and reservations are requested.

For detailed information on the production and audition requirements visit http://www.esptheater.org/show-info/Newsies-Production-Book.pdf

A link to their audition form is available at http://www.esptheater.org/current-season.php

Production dates: Aug. 1-10.

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Runs Aug. 9-18

ESP_Beauty and the Beast logoDisney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
East Side Players
Aug. 9-18
Blue Ash Amphitheatre

Directed by Rachelle Penilla
Assistant directed by Makenzie Mercer
Music Directed by Kyle Heimbrock
Choreographed by Jackie Miesle
Conducted by Mason Stewart
Featuring the Musical Theater Orchestra

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Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST brings to life the characters, story, and songs that have made the musical an international sensation. The classic story follows Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a prince trapped in a spell. When the Beast takes her father captive, Belle trades her own freedom for his release, and begins a life-changing adventure that ultimately brings an incredible transformation for all. Teaching a beautiful lesson about the way we look at others, and ourselves, this “tale as old as time” promises to enchant audience members of all ages.

  • Thu-Sun, Aug. 9-12 at 7:30pm
  • Wed-Sat, Aug. 15-18 at 7:30pm

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INTO THE WOODS Runs June 7-16

East Side Players
June 7-16
Blue Ash Amphitheater 

Directed by Kate Brauer-Bell
Music Directed by D’Waughn Hazard
Choreographed by Anna Hazard

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Be careful what you wish for … What if Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and the Baker and his Wife lived in the same story? All must venture into the woods to seek fulfillment of their deepest wish, but what they find there is that dreams are rarely simple and wishes are not often granted free of complications. This charming story is at once hilariously funny and deeply moving, a fractured look at the flip side of the classic fairy tales as only master storyteller Stephen Sondheim (composer of Sweeney Todd and Company) could imagine.

  • Thu-Sun, June 7-10 at 7:30pm
  • Wed-Sat, June 13-16 at 7:30pm

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